A magnificent and extremely rare blue and white bottle vase, yuhuchun ping. Yuan Dynasty

Of elegant pear-shaped form, the tall slender neck rising gently to a pronounced trumpet mouth, the sumptuous swollen body supported on a massively constructed splayed foot, vividly painted in underglaze-blue with a design of peony flowers amidst peony scroll, the threadlike stems with tendrils, some of the flowers still budding, others fully mature, all freely painted and evenly distributed throughout the large body, above a narrow border of classic scroll, the lower body painted with a broad band of lotus panels enclosing lingzhi motifs, the foot with a band of key-fret. 50cm (19 3/4in.) high - Estimate: HK$3,000,000 - 4,000,000, $390,000 - 520,000 - Unsold.

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 2 June 1970, lot 56
Spink & Son, London, 1970
F.G. and E.H. Morill, no. 139
Bluett and Sons, early 1980s

Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (on loan 1971 to early 1980s)

元 青花纏枝牡丹玉壺春瓶

來源:倫敦蘇富比, 1970年6月2日, 編號56
1970年購自倫敦Spink & Son公司
F.G. and E.H. Morill 收藏 編號139
1980年代初期購自Bluett and Sons公司


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